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How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 November 1953 (USA)
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Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screen play), Zoe Akins (plays) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Grable ... Loco Dempsey
Marilyn Monroe ... Pola Debevoise
Lauren Bacall ... Schatze Page
David Wayne ... Freddie Denmark
Rory Calhoun ... Eben Salem
Cameron Mitchell ... Tom Brookman
Alexander D'Arcy ... J. Stewart Merrill (as Alex D'Arcy)
Fred Clark ... Waldo Brewster
William Powell ... J.D. Hanley
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Storyline

Three New York models, Shatze, Pola and Loco set up in an exclusive apartment with a plan....tired of cheap men and a lack of money, they intend to use all their talents to trap and marry three millionaires. The trouble is that it's not so easy to tell the rich men from the hucksters - and even when they can, is the money really worth it? Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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The Most Glamorous Entertainment Of Your Lifetime in CinemaScope. You See It Without Glasses!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

20 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wie angelt man sich einen Millionär See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,870,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,000,000, 31 December 1953
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (1939 Reissue) (Western Electric Recording) (Stereo)| Stereo (1939 Reissue) (Stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.66 : 1
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Trivia

Zoe Akins's play, "The Greeks Had a Word for It," opened on Broadway in New York City on 25 September 1930 and closed in May 1931 after 253 performances. The opening-night cast included Verree Teasdale, Muriel Kirkland and Dorothy Hall. Dale Eunson's and Katherine Albert's play, "Loco," opened on Broadway on 16 October 1946 and closed on 16 November 1946 after 37 performances. The opening-night cast included Jean Parker as Loco. Parts of this play were added to beef up Betty Grable's part in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When eating hamburgers in the coffee shop, the cigarette in Brookman's left hand changes into a napkin between shots. See more »

Quotes

Schatze Page: Wait a minute I want to hear from Mr Filler-up. Just what would you estimate your fortune at?
Tom Brookman: Oh, about $200,000,000 I should imagine.
Schatze Page: Might that all be in cash?
Tom Brookman: I suppose I could dig up a couple of million in cash if I wanted to.
Schatze Page: And what might the rest be in?
Tom Brookman: Some oil, some airline stock, a little steel, some cattle down in Texas, a couple of coal mines in Alabama, a bit of real estate here and there, some automobile stock, the Brookman building and of course Brookman Pennsylvania.
Tom Brookman: [...]
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Connections

References Ladies in Love (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

How About You?
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Background music played in the restaurant
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HILARIOUS!
9 December 2003 | by jen_starfruitSee all my reviews

This movie is great. I don't care what people say about it, you can't deny that it is very entertaining! I really don't know what goes through peoples minds when they say Betty Grable wasn't good in this movie, or was too old for the part. I can't imagine the story without her to make it what it is. I personally thought she looked the same age as her co-stars, and not a bit older.

Lauren Bacall was perfect for her role, and as always, so was Marilyn Monroe as another dumb blonde character. But I hate when most people think that just because she portrayed a ditzy girl, that it means she was like that in real life too - SHE WASN'T! Marilyn Monroe was an intelligent natural dark-brown haired brunette.

Anyway, HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE is really good in my opinion, and anyone that is a Monroe, Bacall or Grable fan absolutely MUST see it! I personally am a HUGE Marilyn Monroe fan, and enjoyed this movie as much as her others.

The storyline was great, and it had some very funny moments. I give this movie 9.5/10, losing a half-mark only because of the extreamly prolonged and unnecessary musical feature at the beginning, which makes you lose interest and want to fast forward 5 minutes worth of inactive classical music. An overall fabulous movie.


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